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Boardrooms Benefit From Collaborating
31.05.2017  |  Joanna Lush
The typical team away day or occasional Apprentice episode tends to feature employees of all titles scribbling innovative ideas on whiteboards and flip charts. 
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The typical team away day or occasional Apprentice episode tends to feature employees of all titles scribbling innovative ideas on whiteboards and flip charts. 

This trend has become a big influence on workplace design, as employee productivity - particularly focused on collaboration and inclusion - becomes a major priority for architects, facilities managers and business owners.

A Work.com study found 97 per cent of employees and executives said collaboration levels directly impact task and project outcomes. When teams are working and sharing information effectively, productivity increases.  However it is worth noting that excessive or forced collaboration can sometimes lead to what is termed 'organisational drag' within the workplace; employers should evaluate how often they ask their team to collaborate on projects to avoid this, and while collaboration is sometimes worth the drag it causes, it should always be a calculated decision and not a default.

Alongside this collaboration trend, there has been a significant increase in evidence based-design, where credible evidence influences the complete design process. Studies have shown that the physical environment can affect the wellbeing of those who interact with it - including reducing stress or increasing creativity.  The approach has become popular across many sectors with the aim of improving staff experience, productivity, economic performance and customer satisfaction.  

With an evidence based-design proven to work, and ensuring collaboration has a positive impact on productivity, does this mean a truly collaborative and inclusive environment can be created in the commercial office?

Smartphones, tablets and laptops have made it easier for communication, but traditional idea generation using pens and whiteboards can still improve collaborative performance.

Custom magnetic glass drywipe boards for boardroom

Whiteboards as a visual aid allow employees to pitch innovative ideas to audiences, with contributions shown on a whiteboard easily edited and simultaneously encouraging positive collaboration and rapid idea development.

Historically, business environments have abandoned traditional chalkboards due to health concerns including respiratory issues from chalk dust, which ‘could be harmful to allergic persons’, according to The Guardian. Plastic whiteboard appeal is also lessening as they show signs of wear and are also falling out of favour through discolouration and scratching very quickly.

A new generation of whiteboards is adapting to suit customer needs and forge a healthier and more collaborative space. Glass whiteboards are a popular alternative, providing a much cleaner surface and offering increased durability and lifespan over traditional boards, as they are non-porous and warranted against discolouration.

Additionally, glass whiteboards - using high strength neodymium magnets - are able to enhance workplace creativity and provide a strong visual aid through allowing notes and paper documents to be ‘pinned’ on their surface – the latest sales figures or the next company party - highlighting company positives and improving morale.  

So, can Gx Glass whiteboards meet the needs of collaborative working and improve workplace (or boardroom) wellbeing?

The GX Glass MagnX range presents a unique practical and wellbeing solution - it features MagnX-CF, a wall-mounted board available in 14 sizes, MagnX-E - a magnetic wall cladding ideal for work walls - and MagnX-DS - which is double-sided and suitable for partitioning.  Furthermore, with its customizable and fully recyclable credentials, the GX Glass magnetic whiteboard is fast becoming a boardroom collaboration benchmark providing a scratch resistant and hygienic product, which will typically outlast the building’s lifespan.

Gx Glass magnetic glass whiteboards therefore certainly encourage engagement through complete design freedom and by providing a tool which be used again and again. 

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